Articles by Pat Lemieux


It’s spring, time to throw your kid outside

on April 23, 2015, at 3:43 p.m.
Finally we seem to be warming up enough for the rest of the snow to melt and the fear of another 6 inches to go away. This winter was brutal, and I thought that we may never see the end of the white devil. But at last, it seems as …

Enter to Win a Drift Boat Trip on the Kennebec River

By Pat Lemieux on Feb. 25, 2015, at 2:20 p.m.
Enter to win a 3-mail, 8-hour drift boat trip down the Kennebec River on Sundy, June 14, with BDN outdoors editor John Holyoke and Dan Legere of the Maine Fly Guide Shop.   Sign up for your chance to win! * indicates required Email Address * First Name * Last …

Bringing a kid to church can feel like Hell.

on Jan. 25, 2015, at 9:30 a.m.
Everyone has the best of intentions but there are reasons why people elect to stay home on Sunday morning instead of bringing their little kids to church. Sunday mass is a hour-long test of wills for my wife and I and it usually goes something like this: [5 minutes to start]: …

How my son (and I) grew: the best of 2014

on Dec. 31, 2014, at 9:11 a.m.
Taking pause at year’s end to look back helps me to see just how far he (and all of us) have come. Here are some of my favorite Manchild posts from 2014.

One person’s trash is another person’s Christmas gift

on Dec. 23, 2014, at 1:06 p.m.
“You want me to do what?” I looked at my wife puzzled. Then I gave her the eye roll that she hates, followed by a long, drawn out sigh. “Fine,” I said. “Let’s go pick it up”. “It” was a broken-down entertainment stand on a side road in Eddington. “It” …

Making holiday traditions that are your own

on Dec. 11, 2014, at 9:07 a.m.
It can be difficult to make holidays your own. What I mean by this is that most of our holiday traditions are passed down from our parents. We do things each and every year–  some things we may not even enjoy — because … well … that’s just what we …

The 5 stages of refusing to nap

on Dec. 09, 2014, at 11:48 a.m.
As you may or may not know, we are struggling with a 2-year-old at home who has decided all on his own that napping is not for him. Like a tiny alcoholic, he doesn’t see how his actions affect those around him. He is irritable, unpredictable and, at times, belligerent. …

Learn what’s new with LinkedIn over breakfast

By Pat Lemieux on Dec. 02, 2014, at 9:15 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Location: Richard E Dyke Center, Husson University, 1 College Circle, Bangor, Maine For more information:   If you haven’t been on LinkedIn lately, you may not have noticed that the site has been very busy. Over the past several months …

The decision you’re not ready for your child to make

on Dec. 02, 2014, at 7:33 p.m.
The first time it happens you shrug it off and think it was just a fluke. Then a week or two later it happens again. The following week your child does it twice. You worry quietly to yourself that this could be the beginning of the end. But you bury that …

Halloween, parent taxes, candy hangovers and decurmudgeoning

on Nov. 04, 2014, at 12:36 p.m.
Maybe it was growing up in Lewiston, maybe it was that I never won any awards for best costume, maybe it was that I don’t care for most candy, or maybe it was that I didn’t like to stand out as a youngster, but I have never been a big …

“Tub Talk” with a 2 year old. (part 1)

on Oct. 28, 2014, at 3:33 p.m.
Conversations with my son while he takes his daily bath are always entertaining. From time to time, some of these conversations are so good I feel the need to share them. This is in part for you, but mostly so I can look back and humiliate him when he is older. …

Why for me, blogging isn’t a waste of time

on Oct. 15, 2014, at 8:18 a.m.
The one thing I know about time is that it goes by. Some days drag on for an eternity, while others don’t possibly contain enough hours. We are always coming or going and planning out our next adventure but we don’t always stop to enjoy the scenery along the way. I …

Thank you Hollywood for letting my kid be a dork just like me

on Aug. 06, 2014, at 7:59 p.m.
I was born in the early 80’s. What this means is 2 things. First, I am starting to feel really old when I get up in the morning and second, I grew up with the best cartoons ever created. I mean was there anything better than Transformers and G.I. Joe, …

Something else you loved as a child

on July 18, 2014, at 10:03 p.m.
Last week I started the blog thread around things that we all loved as children that have re-entered our lives as parents. Several people began emailing me topics and sharing items on social media that they have rediscovered now that they have toddlers and I plan to write about all …

There is never a good time to have a child

on July 15, 2014, at 3:16 p.m.
I had a really great lunch with an old friend the other day. The last time we got to hang out was just before I became a father; so a lot has changed in that time. We caught up, chatted old times, discussed future plans and eventually talked about having …

Something you forgot you loved until you had children

on July 09, 2014, at 9:16 a.m.
I want to take this opportunity to start a new concept here on the Manchild blog. I want to spend the next few weeks working with you, my audience, to remember all the things we loved as kids. You see, I never wanted to grow up. I still daydream about being …

Because you can’t have everything, balance is a key to parenting

on June 11, 2014, at 10:07 a.m.
“Daddy, I want a cookie please”. This is a harmless request except that it happened at 5:15 in the morning. I then had to have a very difficult conversation with my toddler about why we don’t have cookies all the time. As a parent, you spend a lot of time …

Want to learn more about blogging?

By Pat Lemieux on May 27, 2014, at 10:50 a.m.
Need more blog post ideas? Have you ever stared at your screen, unable to figure out what to write? Are you wondering what type of content will best engage your audience?

Why every town should have a Kid Central Fest

on May 16, 2014, at 2:24 p.m.
The sound of laughter hung high in the chalk-dust filled air. Smells of vanilla and sugar blew in the cool breeze while uninterrupted sun warmed my face. My son bustled back and forth from activity to activity, barley being able to keep still as he explored, learned and played. Downtown …

Explaining the “F-word” to your kid.

on May 13, 2014, at 4:25 p.m.
Unless you aren’t paying attention you probably saw this little piece about the city taking complaints over Saturday Night’s Rise Above Fest on the Bangor Waterfront. And unless you’re deaf, you probably heard it. You probably felt the bass rattle your windows, the explosions scare your dogs and you were probably …
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